• Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.

Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in [...]

  • Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

  • November 16th, 2014

Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October 7. He was 52.

Symms grew up on the Symms Fruit Ranch until his father, Steven Symms, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972. His father served four terms in [...]

  • Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of the first to plant wine grapes in Yakima Valley in 1968. Miller, who founded [...]

  • Pat Hagood,  1924–2013

Pat Hagood, 1924–2013

  • November 18th, 2013

Journalist Helen Patricia Hagood, who wrote for Good Fruit Grower during the 1970s, died in Springfield, Oregon, on September 13. She was 89.

Hagood was born in Dixonville, Oregon. After graduating from Roseburg High School, she attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon, where she was the first female editor [...]

  • Joe Sardinha unified the B.C. tree fruit industry

Joe Sardinha unified the B.C. tree fruit industry

  • November 18th, 2013

British Columbia orchardist Joe Sardinha will be remembered for his efforts to unify the tree fruit industry both within the province and across Canada.

Sardinha, president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association from 2005 to 2011, died August 31 of a heart attack. He was 52.

Glen Lucas, general manager [...]

  • Obituaries


  • July 1st, 2010

Albert Ravenholt was a visionary. In 1968, he and founding Sagemoor Farms partner Alec Bayless shared a belief that tree fruit and wine grapes would thrive in Washington’s Columbia Basin, an area then still mainly scrub brush and tumbleweeds. Ravenholt of Seattle, Washington, died on April 25 at the [...]

Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett 1945-2010

  • April 1st, 2010

Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett, 64, who spent his career working on the rootstock development program at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, died February 24.

He began working in the mid-1960s for the New York State Fruit Testing Association in Geneva. He was mainly involved with plant propagation and was [...]

  • Lonnie Alvin Conner, 1925–2010

Lonnie Alvin Conner, 1925–2010

  • April 1st, 2010

Pasco, Washington, juice grape grower Lonnie Conner, who devoted much of his life to industry and community affairs, died February 19 after a brief illness. He was 84.

Conner, born in Kellogg, Idaho, served in the U.S. Army Infantry 94th Division from 1944 to 1946 and received a Bronze Star [...]